Complex Terrain

Complex terrain has exposure to multiple overlapping avalanche paths or large expanses of steep, open terrain. Here, there are multiple avalanche starting zones, many terrain traps below the open terrain and minimal options to reduce exposure.

Complex terrain demands a strong group with years of critical decision-making experience in avalanche terrain. There can be no safe options on these trips, as exposure to big slopes is inevitable. A recommended minimum is that you or someone in your group should have taken an advanced avalanche course and have several years of backcountry experience. Be prepared! Check the Avalanche Forecast, and ensure everyone in your group is up for the task and aware of the risk. This is serious terrain and not a place to consider unless you're confident in the skills of your group. If you are uncertain, consider hiring a professional guide.

Synonyms: 
complex or extreme terrain

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